Oil Theft, Pipeline Protection: FG lauds Tantita, sustains partnership


President Bola Tinubu’s National Security Adviser (NSA), Nuhu Ribadu, has said the Federal Government would sustain its partnership with Tantita Security Services Limited, in curbing oil theft and pipeline vandalism.

Tantita Security Services Limited is owned by former militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo (Tompolo.)

The NSA, who spoke this during a tour of government assets in some Niger Delta states added that the government would soon take additional measures to ensure pipeline security in the region.

“We have done very well to get to where we are now. We are certainly going to take more measures. So far, things are beginning to change. Give us little time and you will see things change for the better.”

Government also expressed its gratitude to Tantita management, for their efforts in pipeline protection in the Niger Delta.

Minister of State for Petroleum (Oil), Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, during his tour of oil facilities in the Niger Delta, gave this commendation during the tour of oil facilities.

Working in company with Ribadu, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja and the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), Mele Kyari, Lokopobiri said the Tinubu-led administration was determined to stop all forms of pipeline vandalism and oil theft in the country.

He said: “We’re here because of the problem of pipeline vandalisation and illegal bunkering that is going on in the Niger Delta. I believe that it has become an existential problem and we need to fight them. We need to fight these criminals to submission.

Meanwhile, Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, has said until the Federal Government clamps down on powerful Abuja cartel bankrolling oil theft, no amount of efforts would end the economic sabotage associated with the crime.

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